Short story: Loneliness is in Your Blood by Cadwell Turnbull, listened to on the Nightmare Magazine podcast, from January 2017. Recommended.
Poem: The Big Loser by Max Ritvo, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from January 2017. Recommended.
Essay: How to Explore Unanswered Questions in Physics by James Beacham, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from December 2016. Highly Recommended.